PROJECT TEAM: OLIMPIA ALLORI, ANDREA MARIA ARDENTE, STEFANO CACCIAPAGLIA, MICHELA IORI, SILVIA MANZARI, GIADA ORSINI, LANFRANCO POMOBELLO, ILARIA PROIETTI, SERGIO SICILIANO, ANDREA TREMANTI
“The line of tracks marks the ground, careless of the landscape that hosts them. When they finally arrive in the city ,the tracks ,by now a swath of dark steel, cut through the urban fabric, carelessly running towards any form and space of inhabitation , each with its own thousands of stories .
The space between the rail lines and the built fabric is a space of excavation, included between the margins of irregular construction or casual voids ,the ideal floodwalls of a lengthy artificial river that cuts the city. A void that stretches for kilometres , negated by daily life and ,at the same time ,at each single passage of a train , capable of becoming the catalyst of dreams and ideas . Wind , light and noise ; here everything is energy. Why waste it? Why leave the artificial river as a void ; why not fill it with the same energy and give it back to the city? We can use a small windmill , an intelligent toy ,capable of absorbing the multiform dynamic processes that take place in the space between the tracks . This instruments , in reality very complex , though it maintains the lightness and iron of a toy, it manages to become the symbolic hinge of a project at the urban scale.
The windmill captures the signals from the system-railway : a video camera collects images ; a microphone records sounds ; the blades of the PVC wind generator are covered with a photovoltaic membrane. The data collected is transferred to a spider’s web of suspended cables that , like a virus, invade this once void space, spilling on to its shores , and expanding into the inhabited city . The overlapping of webs becomes denser and more intense as it nears buildings ; it is woven into the city , anchoring itself to it. Where the cables touch the ground , the energy re-explodes in large platforms of sounds ,colour , and oneiric holograms . The passing of a train thus becomes an events to be experienced , with a naïve and surprised glance ; the railway is reabsorbed by the city . The exchange takes place precisely at this point ; where the roots of the void finally touch the ground : the train brings energy , the city responds with emotions. A new surreal landscape is created. It allows us to dream of imaginary worlds and , at the same time , discover new visions of the everyday . In this space of the city we can finally feel at home.”